At the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we are proud to participate in various community events throughout the year (especially if they involve motorcycles!). We sincerely believe that one good deed can change the world, which is why we strive to support the residents of North Carolina and South Carolina both in and out of the courtroom. Our team is always looking to partake in new and exciting events and charities that support people in need.
The 7th Amendment is in Jeopardy. You can help!
The 7th Amendment, is a tool designed by our founding fathers to ensure that the powerful and the weak, the rich and the poor, the politically connected and the unknown are equal in their ability to share their story with a jury. Making sure these rights are forever retained by the citizens, helps protect us from tyranny. This changed in the early 80's when a handful of Supreme Court decisions incorrectly applied the Federal Arbitration Act to consumers and employees instead of leaving it between merchants as it was intended. It was a voluntary way merchants (equal power) could resolve disputes quickly and cheaply without having to go through the court system for contract disputes. The Supreme Court has allowed the Arbitration Act to be applied to individuals and enforced even when state law has voided them. This irrational reasoning was again the foundation of a 5 to 4 Supreme Court decision last year in Epic Systems Case, which allowed enforcement of arbitration clauses preventing employees from banding together to hold employers breaking the law accountable. When Wells Fargo cheated its customers by creating and charging for extra accounts, it protected itself with the forced arbitration clauses consumers did not know they had signed when they opened accounts. You find these forced arbitration clauses in all kinds of unusual places like nursing home agreements, cell phone contracts, banking agreements etc. It protects big business by preventing the harmed individual from having his or her day in court. The arbitration process limits discovery of information does not apply the rules of civil procedure, they frequently require secrecy of the results and are subject to the whim of a private arbitrator without the ability to appeal.
The US House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1423 to repeal mandatory forced arbitration. Call your senator and tell them to support the "Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act". Every citizen deserves their right, assured to them under the Constitution to have a trial by jury. This is not a Republican versus Democrat or Conservative versus Liberal issue, it is as necessary to protect the right to a trial as it is to protect freedom of speech, the right to keep and bear arms, freedom of religion or any other right afforded us by the Constitution. Be heard and fight for what is yours as an American, YOUR RIGHTS.
Voir Dire, the Art of Jury Selection
Voir Dire, the Art of Jury Selection
I have picked a handful of juries over the years and I must tell you that it can be one of the hardest parts of a trial for a lawyer. First off, we really do not pick the jury. The court sends out random notices to citizens that they have been selected for jury duty and tells them where and when to show up or what number to call to find out about having to show up. Then, they all go to a room and watch a video, and some get randomly called by a clerk to go to a particular court room. Perhaps more than one trial is going on in the court house. Then those random folks sit in a court room and the clerk randomly selects (in most cases) twelve of the group to get in the jury box. Frequently the judge will ask several questions and he may excuse some of those folks only to have the clerk randomly select replacements. Then, finally, the lawyers in some jurisdictions get to ask questions and strike some of those potential jurors only to have them randomly replaced by others in the room. In our question asking process we are trying to learn enough about each juror to determine if he or she has any natural biases that would negatively impact our client or benefit the other side. Since both sides of the case participate in the process, in the end we should have in theory a fairly neutral jury. Let me give you some examples of the biases we often deal with when picking a jury. I try a good many motorcycle injury related cases. Some folks think motorcyclists get what they deserve (translation= you ride you are partly at fault) when they have been injured by another motorist because motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than a car. Perhaps some of the potential jurors have had experiences not seeing motorcycles on the road and identify with the defendant and hesitate to hold the negligent driver accountable. Some folks think all motorcyclist are bad people (translation= they deserve it), like these believers have watched way to many TV shows. The same type of concern happens to the defense when you represent someone who has been injured by a large commercial truck. The fear they have is that the jurors will have a natural bias against big commercial trucks (because it makes them nervous on the road) and the bigger truck can cause serious harm (translation= they are dangerous) and it is a corporation (translation= they can afford to pay for their mistakes). It is not easy to get potential jurors to open up to you about their beliefs, particularly those beliefs that may be biases. Too, they just met you, you are a stranger, they are in front of other strangers in a place they are uncomfortable and not accustomed to. Jury selection is an art, some lawyers are naturally better communicators than others but like all things, preparation, practice and experience makes us all better. When I talk to jurors about bias, I talk about the bias I have for a sausage biscuit over a ham biscuit. I would want to be fair if I was randomly selected to decide the winner of a breakfast biscuit contest, but if one was sausage and one was ham, as fair as I might want to be, my bias/favoritism means the sausage biscuit is going to win, and the contestants need to know of that bias. I would be a better judge or juror for a different kind of biscuit/trial. Often if we can put our legal questions in everyday scenarios, we can learn a lot about our juries and perhaps win our clients trial.
The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor Gives Back to the Community
At the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we are proud to participate in various community events throughout the year (especially if they involve motorcycles!). We sincerely believe that one good deed can change the world, which is why we strive to support the residents of North Carolina and South Carolina both in and out of the courtroom. Our team is always looking to partake in new and exciting events and charities that support people in need. Despite the rainy and chilly weather, our staff participated in 5 wonderful charity events this December!
28th Annual Conover School Toy Run
December 1, 2018
Jason Taylor Hosts Bikini Bike Wash to Benefit Women's Resource Center
The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor is known for our incredible personal injury representation, our attorneys who love motorcycles, and our community involvement. We are always looking for new and better ways to improve the lives of the peoples in our communities through fundraisers, charitable events, donations, spreading awareness, and so forth. We continue our history of community involvement this weekend by hosting a Bikini Bike Wash that will benefit the Women's Resource Center in Hickory, North Carolina!
What you should know about the Bikini Bike Wash:
- Date: Saturday, September 1st, 2018
Top 6 Reasons to Join Us for Hog Happenin' 2018: #5 The Giveaways
The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor is proud to be the sponsor of Hog Happenin', the regional bike fest, this year. For the first time in its nearly 20 year history, the event is coming to the Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds in Newton, NC. It's scheduled for June 7-10, 2018 and features regional rides, bike shows, pull and burnout competitions, tons of good food and live music.
This is a motorcycle rally and as such will have some adult themed vendors and events that may not be suitable for younger audiences.
#5: The Giveaways
Feeling lucky? The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor will be at Hog Happenin' with the Gator Bus and the Gator Girls doing fun giveaways all weekend long. Aside from the frequent giveaways, we will also be doing daily 50/50 raffles—with a minimum prize of $500 (Friday & Saturday)! Stop by and you might just be a winner.
Top 6 Reasons to Join Us for Hog Happenin' 2018: Reason #1 It's the Biggest Party in Town
Hog Happenin' is a massive yearly event that will be taking place again this summer, June 7-10, 2018, in Newton, North Carolina. This is an opportunity for motorcycle lovers and their friends and family members to come together and have a good time. Attractions will include bike games, bike shows, local rides, barbeque, and four days of live musical entertainment.
At the Law Offices of Jason Taylor, P.C., We Love Motorcycles
Our founding attorney, Jason E. Taylor, is a big-time motorcycle lover and a member of a number of motorcyclist associations, including:
- American Motorcyclist Association
- Bikers and Needy Children Foundation
- Motorcycle Riders Foundation
- Harley Owners Groups in Charlotte and Hickory
Even more than we love motorcycles, we love serving people, and participation in Hog Happenin' allows us to do just that. The proceeds from this 6-day event go toward the Hog Happenin' Foundation, which seeks to provide awareness of and relief for disadvantaged members of the community, including: